Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced Wednesday that she will launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Arizona.
The theme of her campaign focuses on “getting things done,” according to the video announcing her candidacy. In reference to the November 2020 election, Hobbs said, “We did our job.”
I’m running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans — just like I’ve done my whole career.
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) June 2, 2021
However, concerns about the security of the ballots cast have been at the focal point of criticism against Hobbs. In fact, the widespread concerns have led the Arizona Senate to begin an audit of ballots in Maricopa County — where 60% of Arizona’s population resides.
In response to these concerns, Hobbs, attacked Republicans and the efforts to obtain more safe and secure elections. She said, “The other side is not offering policies that make our lives better. They’re offering conspiracies that only make our lives worse.”
“We’ve got this state government being run by conspiracy theorists right now. They are out of touch with everyday Arizonans and that’s holding us back as a state,” she said in a separate interview.
While Hobbs has claimed to be a bipartisan figure trying to “get things done,” her remarks are not the first divisive comments made by the Secretary of State. In August of 2017, Hobbs took to Twitter to call supporters of President Trump neo-nazis. She said, “@realDonaldTrump has made it abundantly clear he’s more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans.”
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 15, 2017
Voters first elected Hobbs to the State House of Representatives in 2010. After a single term, Hobbs ran for and won a seat in the State Senate; then in 2018, she ran a successful bid for Secretary of State.
On the other side of the aisle, a number of Republicans have also announced their ambitions to replace incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who is term-limited. A Democrat has not held the governorship since 2009.
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